Greg Zuerlein Earns NFC Special Teams Player of the Week and More NFC West News

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterDecember 5, 2012

December 2, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein (4) watches his game winning 54 yard field goal during overtime against the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis defeated San Francisco 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

For the second time this season, Greg "The Leg" Zuerlein has been honored as the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. His first Player of the Week honor was recognized by the league office after he kicked four field goals against the Seattle Seahawks Week 4. He boomed kicks from 58 yards, 48 yards, 60 yards and 24 yards.

NFC Special Teams Player of Week 13: @stlouisrams K Greg Zuerlein

— Randall Liu (@RLiuNFL) December 5, 2012

While his Week 13 stat line isn't as impressive as his Week 4 stat line, it doesn't take away from the fact his two second half kicks helped the Rams knock off the 8-2-1 San Francisco 49ers. His first kick (53-yard attempt) sailed through the uprights with 0:00 left on the clock in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. 

His second kick was from 54 yards away and it one upped his fourth quarter kick—it sent the 49ers home with 0:26 left to play in overtime. Two pressure kicks that sailed through the uprights made everyone forget about Zuerlein's 58-yard attempt that he missed late in the second quarter.

It's hard to blame a guy for missing a 58-yarder, but as observers of Zuerlein, we've come to expect made field goals from that distance. With a cold, rainy forecast on tap for the Rams' Week 14 game against the Bills, expect plenty of kicking opportunities for possibly another NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honor.


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